Chris Matthews Insists 'Hardball Is Absolutely Nonpartisan'

Patrick Gavin at Politico captured revelations from a Thursday interview Chris Matthews granted at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in DC. On his show: "Obviously, I think I'm the best. But each one of the other people think they're the best, too....I think I'm the best, generally....There's no doubt about it, in fact, but other people have different views....'Hardball' is absolutely nonpartisan."

How then, does Matthews explain his Thrill Up My Leg reputation? Is he a journalist? He says yes: "Absolutely. I have to deal with facts every night. I have to cover the news every night." Does he really believe people watching his show buy that he's running a fact-based nonpartisan seminar?

But to Matthews, The Washington Post has now devolved into a "neocon" paper. He reads the Washington Examiner first, then Politico, and "Then I look at the [Washington] Post, which is not what it used to be. Each year it's less than what it used to be before....It's so neocon I can hardly read it....I read the New York Times....You gotta read some other newspapers before you read the Times, you have to work your way up to it.... The [Wall Street] Journal, once in a while, not often." 

He also dismissed The Washington Post's Style section: "I used to love the Style section. ... What a joke it is. ... It's about this ridiculous show business news that is totally boring."

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Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis